Within the first 1,000 hours of human life, there are 10 key events that occur as an embryo develops, from being fertilized to becoming recognizably human. These intrigued sisters Helen and Kate Storey enough to combine their areas of specialty - Helen is an artist/designer at London College of Fashion; Kate is a developmental biologist at University of Dundee - into an unusual biology-meets-fashion collaboration called PRIMITIVE STREAK.
One dress was inspired by the time frame during which an embryo's cells begin to specialize (right), while another references the development of the spinal column (top). And milliner Philip Treacy created this extravagant "Heart Tube" headpiece. Expect these types of mashups of science with the sartorial to become more commonplace, in particular with the Futurenetics tribe as it embraces and humanizes technology. And wrestles with where the limits of biology stop and tech begins...all while channeling this angst it into cool stuff to wear.
"I...tried to allow the science or the biology, if you like, to tell me what to do," adds Helen about working to create an understandable fashion version of some fairly invoved biological machinations. "...which is also the reverse of being a fashion designer, really," adds Helen.You have this sort of amazing narcissistic vision that you put out there, but this was very humbling."
top: Spinal Column dress
above right: Cell Specialisation dress
above left: Heart Tube hat by Philip Treacy
right: illustration by Helen Storey of the Lung Formation dress
below: Primitive Streak dress
source: Primitive-Streak.org (via)